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Beatles Amps and Effects
2 January 2015
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UnidentifiedFiendishThingy
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I don't know if there is another thread about this or if this is the right place to put it but I think there should be a thread we could discuss the amps and effects the Beatles used. I've searched many sites on the web for comprehensive amplification info but I cant find anything. To start us off, does anybody know which amps were used on each album? I've got a new modeling amp and I want to get as close to the sound as possible.

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2 January 2015
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There's a forum called 'The BeatGear Cavern' that deals with Beatles instruments and gear, goes into minute detail on lots of stuff.

 

http://www.beatgearcavern.com/...../index.php

2 January 2015
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I'm probably just paranoid, but I don't like their privacy policy and the fact that you have to be a member to view stuff and they want your name and locationa-hard-days-night-ringo-14 But I might go over the edge just for this.

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3 January 2015
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UnidentifiedFiendishThingy said
I'm probably just paranoid, but I don't like their privacy policy and the fact that you have to be a member to view stuff and they want your name and locationa-hard-days-night-ringo-14 But I might go over the edge just for this.

Ha, that's fair enough.  It's a pretty great forum though, I've learnt a lot from some of the threads there, especially the ones that deal with recording techniques and instruments.  Even John Lennon 's cousin (who was recently selling John's Gretsch) is a sometime visitor. 

It's kinda similar to this forum in a lot of ways, just a different focus. 

7 January 2015
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An oft-mentioned book is Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk. There's a new, expanded edition in the pipeline, but the original has quite a bit of info on amps used.

In the Let It Be film, at the end of the rooftop concert, you see Mal Evans talking to John and George before John's Fender Twin amp gets turned off (presumably by Mal, following police orders). George turns it back on but those valve amps take a while to get going again. Let It Be is quite good for spotting gear because there's plenty on show. It looks like John and George were both using Fender Twins that day. I think Paul might have been using a Fender head and cabinet too.

http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....ftop_music

In the early touring years they tended to use Vox AC30s. It's a fairly safe guess they were also used in the studio, at least until the mid-60s.

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21 March 2015
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Joe said
An oft-mentioned book is Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk. There's a new, expanded edition in the pipeline, but the original has quite a bit of info on amps used.

In the Let It Be film, at the end of the rooftop concert, you see Mal Evans talking to John and George before John's Fender Twin amp gets turned off (presumably by Mal, following police orders). George turns it back on but those valve amps take a while to get going again. Let It Be is quite good for spotting gear because there's plenty on show. It looks like John and George were both using Fender Twins that day. I think Paul might have been using a Fender head and cabinet too.

http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....ftop_music

In the early touring years they tended to use Vox AC30s. It's a fairly safe guess they were also used in the studio, at least until the mid-60s.

That's exciting news, Joe - I didn't know there was an expanded edition in the pipeline. I just checked Andy Babiuk's FB page and he says it's coming out in October 2015. Great book - if you've ever wanted to see their instruments up close, it's the one to get. 

To UFT - you might want to check out this website which doesn't appear to be linked with Andy but has a lot of great information on it.

http://www.thebeatlesgear.com/home.html

When you click on a 'year', a Beatles guitar solo for that year is recreated. The one for Nowhere Man is virtually identical to the original, complete with string buzz! (Unless someone has managed to extract the original somehow?)

They've got a facebook page too:

https://www.facebook.com/TheBeatlesGear

Plus... if you've got an iPad, you could always download the George Harrison Guitar Collection app.

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21 March 2015
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If there is an expanded edition of 'Beatles Gear' coming out in October i'll wait till then to pick it up.

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To UFT - you might want to check out this website which doesn't appear to be linked with Andy but has a lot of great information on it.

He's actually listed as one of the "experts" on that web site:

http://www.thebeatlesgear.com/.....perts.html

Great web site, BTW. I had no idea that Paul's Rickenbacker bass that he used on the Wings Over America tour was the same bass he used on Rubber Soul , and in the "I Am The Walrus " video, just re-painted (or stripped). Same with George's Fender Strat, and John's Epiphone Casino.

One of the strangest discoveries for me was finding out that John's 12-string used in the Help ! film -- a guitar I've always thought I wanted to own -- was a Framus Hootenanny, and upon further research, learning that this particular guitar really isn't all that great of an instrument.

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24 March 2015
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Here's another website thats more focused on guitars. http://www.thecanteen.com/fabg.....itars.html

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